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Okay, so I work well under time pressure...Tomorrow's the last day to enter Miss604's Blogiversary Contest, so here's my under-the-wire entry:

I was just catching up on some blog reading and caught a post over at Derek K. Miller's blog about Rands in Repose's blog post entitled The Nerd Handbook.  It's kind of long, but worth reading through to the end, and is a sort of a guide to understanding (and living with) nerdy people.  It's incredibly detailed and true to life (see especially the parts about "The Cave", and the "Relevancy Engine"), which is what makes it such a fun read for someone who spends a lot of time on the geeky side of the street.

I really related to the concept of "The Project":

there is a thing that i learned about at work that i was at first skeptical of, but have now become a true believer: mercury retrograde.

we had been speculating last week that perhaps there was a retrograde coming around again, and wouldn't you know it: Mercury Retrograde: Octomber 12 - November 1, 2007

"Mercury rules over the mind's processes, studying, communication, businesses, travels and the like. When Mercury reverses its direction, all these areas are affected as well...Businesses, travels and communications tend to experience delays and different problems. Computers and other processes that work with information may experience crashes, unexpected failures."

So, I just found out that some jerkwads broke into Workspace and stole 6 of their computers sometime between Friday night and now (I'm not clear on when it happened). There's a surveillance video of the guys coming in and out (with the computers) of the building posted, they walk back out about 45 secs from the end of the clip. And to the amusement of I think everyone who's seen them, there are photos of the dude who ended up with one of them, since he managed to accidentally post photos to workspace's flickr through photobooth!

I went on my first Photowalk on Wednesday night, on Granville Island. See my full set from it here.

It's all a haze right now, so instead of a proper wrap post, I give you this and invite you to add more verses in the comments if you feel so inclined: BarCamping Across the West Coast (Read/sing to the tune of Star-Trekking Across the Universe) BarCamping on the West Coast Geeking out in Workspace Thankyou to our hosts BarCamping on the West Coast Sessions upon sessions Cause we can't get enough There's Lee Lefever in the crowd, in the crowd, in the crowd all the way from Seattle town, in the crowd, Kris. It's Drupal man, so get with the program, get with the program, get with the program A CMS, so get with the program, get with the program, yep. There's Derek Miller in the crowd, in the crowd, in the crowd Fighting the fight so show some love, in the crowd, Kris.

That's right, Spend Locally! It's my new website, I've been tinkering with it for a while, and decided to cram and get it up and running in time for BarCamp this weekend. It's going to start out as a blog, but hopefully turn into more of a directory of local businesses. Why do I care about this?

Hello Barcampers!

Here's our quick note with some details about Barcamp Vancouver 2007
- http://barcamp.org/BarCampVancouver2007

Below you'll find information on
* registry and attendance
* t-shirts
* list of topics for sessions
* schedule of Barcamp events
* spreading the love

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Registry and Attendance
http://barcamp.org/BarCampVancouver2007Attendees

We're oversubscribed (yay!), which means that some people who want
to come won't be able to come (boo!).

So please, if you're in the first 120, check your dates and availability.
Are you sure you're coming? We want to minimize the wiki squatting.

If you're not sure you're coming, please strike out your name and post
the name of the top person left on the waiting list in your former place.

Wow, so I just realized that it was one year and three days ago that I had my thesis defense. Can you believe that??? Where has the time gone? This year has gone by soooo quickly. And so much has happened, it's just kind of hard to wrap my head around! I have to say, as much as I am a big proponent of going to university, I am still loving being out in the 'real' world. I seriously felt like my MA was some kind of purgatory, and it feels good getting myself established outside of that.

First the backup drive gave me the big f.u., today a new hardware battle... But let me backtrack a little...

I knew it was going to be a bit of a crazy day today, but I didn't think the transit would be that messed up on the way TO work this morning. I got out there in time for the 'early' bus, only to find a pack of people probably 4x as big as usual waiting at the stop...this (and all the angry faces) could only lead me to the conclusion that 3 or 4 buses had already been missed. Finally a gas powered bus (my route usually only runs the electric ones) turned up and everyone packed in. I think my stop is the third on the route, and by the fourth, it was full. People were not pleased. Nor was I when I ended up being about 10 mins late for work.

Anyway, I came prepared for an unorthodox trip home (orthodox being: walk three blocks, get on bus, 15mins ride, get off bus, walk across street), as I was planning on getting off the bus halfway home to stop and buy the new Tegan and Sara CD, The Con. I brought my backpack, cause I figured that there was a good chance it was going to be busy already because of people coming down for the fireworks, and that it was likely once I got off the bus I was going to have to walk the rest of the way home.

So I went and bought my CD, and thought surely if I walk a few stops down there'll be people getting off the bus, and hence room for me to get on. I passed the London Drugs on my way down the street, and stopped in and picked up a webcam, then walked to the next stop. I chatted with this nice little old lady, as we cooked in the sun and hoped a bus would come by. It did, but it sure as heck didn't let anyone on. Which was fine for me. I said goodbye, went and got an iced tea, and walked the rest of the way home. But what the heck was she supposed to do? With a cane, she was doing about 20ft/min, and it was obvious to me that she was stuck there until...until the crowds die down? It kinda ticked me off, because I realized she probably wasn't going to be able to make it to go get her dinner, and nobody seemed to take any note of that. Anyway...

Aside: this evening someone above me was throwing bread off their balcony, and I had a few bird-friends make some pit stops on mine...

seagull

I had some trouble setting up the webcam because friggin Logitech decided to give me the big f.u. as well--again, no mac support! Thankfully, a lovely open source program called maccam came to my rescue. And with a little help from my favorite geek (listen carefully to the podcast he posted today and you'll get a surprise!) I managed to get it working with Skype--just in time for the fireworks! (Which are crazy loud by the way and still going after 25mins!)

pepper hearts

Ok, now they're done. Not bad at all...great not having to brave the swarms of people, now we'll just see how it goes getting to sleep at a decent time...oh, the people they are loud...

fireworks-spain

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